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Friday, July 20, 2012

Elegance In Ruins

Today I'm posting the first of the main characters in the Alliance vs The Arse Licking Cat series.  It was not difficult to find a figure to represent my beautiful friend Elsie who holds the title of General in the Alliance


She's an Elven Princess from Dark Sword Miniatures, sculpted by Jeff Grace, cast in pewter and is 32mm heroic scale.  I think the lines on this figure are good and the overall impression is one of elegance.


The skirt was difficult for me and I stripped the paint on this piece on 3 seperate occaisions in order to achieve what I wanted. The camera doesn't pick up the amount of shading that is really on the skirt. But I do know that I could have gone still higher on the lightest points.


Jefff Grace did a marvelous job of sculptng this face and it was a joy to paint. I managed to put some highlighting on the lips this time.


Another thing I liked about this sculpt is that there was room to paint in realistic looking eyes.

Now I know you have noticed that I used a glossy finish on this figure and some of you have already exressed your distaste for glossy finishes. I used a matte finish at first and I hated it, so I changed it to glossy.

On the painting table right now are figures that represent De, The Arse Licking Cat and myself.  Following those three, I have 2 others that I think we'll all have a great deal of fun with, but I'm keeping their identities secret until I post them.

The total number of figures that I'm painting for fellow bloggers is now up to 12.  Matthew,  D4 and Dan - we've been following each other for a long time and I want to tell you that I bought your figures a couple of weeks ago. I hope you don't mind.

Now some of you out there have inspired me to try to create my own scenery from scratch. I went to my local hobby store and bought some raw materials. I'm going to start with something simple like a crumbling wall,some vignettes and work my way up to building Shenanigans Pub, the headquarters for the Alliance.

I'd like to thankThe Dark Templar for mailing me some of his spare figures. My favorite of the lot is Wayland the legendary swordsmith. He'll look nice in a vignette I think.

It's Friday folks and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. So this weekend, tell the world to feck off and do something that makes you happy. I know I will.








77 comments:

  1. Awww! Elsie looks beautiful! I can't wait to see what else is coming!! And I feel the same way about the world right now! You get some You time in and we will chat soon! xx

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    1. I just got done putting together my interview post and next I'll get the guest post finished up. I'll get with you by close of business on Monday. I hope your weekend goes better than both of our weeks did!!

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    2. Yay...so excited!!!

      And your weekend too!!

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  2. Oh I say, what a charming young lady! Normally I would be one of those extolling the virtues of a matt finish, but in this case it gives Elsie's skin a rather delightful sheen, almost as if she has been locked in mortal combat with that darn cat! Great photography as always Anne and you have a good weekend too.

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    1. I've been using the matte on my other figures but it just didn't "feel" right on this one. I couldn't stand it, so I switched to the gloss. Oh and she will be getting into it with that Cat. He's up on the table now and when he comes down--Ka-pow, he's gonna get it!!

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  3. Nice painting Anne. I like the many shades of blue you used for the dress. I'm sure that in reality it will be easier to look all the meticulous work you put on the fig, but, as Michael said before me, your photos are great. Pls give us a tutorial of how to take some decent photos... :)
    I think I'll follow your example and use a signature for my photos as you did.
    Have a good w/e! :)

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    1. Thank you Thanos. It's nice to see you back on the blogosphere. I put the signatures in because my photography keeps getting swiped from the blogosphere!! I just shoot my mini's with a Canon PowerShot on the macro setting and take a whole lot of photo's until I get something I can live with.

      Have a good weekend!

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  4. Nice mini :) Blue is one of my favorite colors to paint, i always enjoy blue- glad you got the dress to how you wanted in the end.

    many years ago I liked gloss varnish. I don't know why, but I preferred it, now i don't but a shine does have it's uses. If you find you want a combination of both- matte varnish can dull down metallic paint for instance, you can always use matte varnish then use brush-on gloss or satin varnish for those areas.. if you decide you want some parts matte..you can also do the reverse: gloss varnish then brush on matte varnish.

    Looking forward to seeing your next minis!

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    1. Thanks for the advice Ferret. That was one of the problems with the matte. I used a good bit of metallic paint and it looked flat and dull with the matte finish. The next two figures I have coming up have a great deal of metallic paint. I'll use matte on the skin and clothing and gloss on the armor and metallic details.

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  5. I definitely don't mind that you bought a figure to paint me Anne even if I am pleasantly surprised, I thought you'd fallen out with me recently after I sent you that string of DMs and never got a response so it's a nice surprise, can't wait to see what you do :)

    You're getting really good at the painting too and that figure really does Elsie justice. Elsie's someone I started following recently and I already love what she rights so it's an awesomely painted figurine for an awesome person really!

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    1. I haven't logged onto Twitter in months and months so I've not known you sent DM's. No, we've had no falling out silly!! I bought yours and all the rest of my core groups figures while the Hubby was in hospital last time. After I get the five I'm working on done, I'll start in on the next batch. It will take me a while as I'm pretty slow.

      Elsie is one of the best things I ever found on blogger. I don't know how I would have gotten through the last 2 months without her.

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    2. @Matthew-Thank you, that is so kind "hear"! Muchly appreciated.

      @Anne-I'm tongue-tied (I'd say the cat has my tongue but that would just give him to much credit) - so I'll simply say; that's what friends are for xoxoxo

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    3. Don't give that Cat anything to work with General Elsie. He's insufferable as it is.

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  6. Hola
    Una figura que no conocia,me gusta el modelo,y lo que se ve de la pintura,a y por cierto estoi con tigo hay muchas figuras que quedan mejor en brillante,a my tambien se meten con migo por ello JAJAJA.
    UN SALUDO

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    1. Gracias,

      Hacen esculpe agradable en Dark Sword. Me encarta su pintura.

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  7. She is beautiful. I love the glossy finish, I lean toward gloss in my art too.
    And I shall be taking your advice and doing what I enjoy this weekend.

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    1. The weeks seem long and dreadful these days and we should have some pleasure while we're able.

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  8. That looks absolutely gorgeous! I may have to show my friend that, who's a good artist.
    He keeps comparing me to this smart guy in school - I'll compare him to you. :P

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    1. I think you're pretty smart kbbud and a nice young man as well.

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  9. Excellent painting on Elsie. Very very nice work there Anne. Looking forward to seeing the scenery. It is nice to do something related but different somethimes. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. I did my first crumbling wall last night and it looked good. Small, but gratifying none the less. I'm going to do a campfire, some rubble and a tree to go with it. Buildings are the ultimate goal.

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  10. Well done. The face detail is great. However, your skills will not be complete until you can paint the ever-elusive anthropomorphic pickle with antlers and a fez holding a martini. Not that I'm angling for it, I just think it would be hilarious.

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    1. Now I just have to find someone who is willing to sculpt the great Pickle!!! There is a character out there with antlers on his helmet. Quite fierce, but alas, no martini. Have a great weekend Pickle!!

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    2. Bruenor Battlehammer??? My all time favorite character from the Dark Elf series???? =)))

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  11. Love Elsie elven princess figurine, she looks gorgeous. Love the background Anne. Love it. her skirt and finish everything is good. That is very sweet of you Anne.
    Poor cat better watch out, the gals are shaping up fine and getting ready for th epic battle.

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    1. That Cat won't know what to do when all the figures are painted up and arrayed against him. He has one minion thus far and I doubt he'll get more. We shall gnaw on the skull of our enemy!!!!

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  12. Very nice. I don't normally use gloss varnish, but it's really brought out the figures radiant tan. Very nice. Looking forward to seeing this pub too.

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    1. The matte just dulled this piece down too much and I wanted her to look "alive" I'll be working my way up to the pub. Right now I'm thinking about designs for it. Thinking medieval tavern at the moment.

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  13. Beautiful paintjob, Anne. The face is lovely, that's a very nice touch adding the highlighting on the lips, a very delicate thing perfectly executed. Highlighting on the skirt is right on, and one thing that really stands out to me is the hair. It looks outstanding. I think the gloss finished really helped it.

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    1. Thank you for noticing the hair Joe. I've put 5 different shades of brown on it for highlights and to give it a sense of "movement"

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  14. Elsie is the general? Well she does look pretty imposing there, and I don't mind taking orders from her. She came out great (I don't mind the glossy finish) and good luck with the scenery. If you could make the pub it would be pretty impressive. You've managed to come a long way with your painting already though, so I'm sure you can get it done.

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  15. You have done another fantastic job with this one. The highlighting on the skirt is great. Can't wait to see more from you.

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    1. Thank you Adam. Hopefully next week I'll have another figure along with scratch built scenery.

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  16. This could be the NEW Lord of the Rings! Alert Peter Jackson!

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    1. If only, if only. I could certainly use the money and a trip would be nice as well. Now who would play me.....

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  17. where did you find that lovely setting to put her in, Annzie? It's lovely.
    I like the gloss on the skin, but I'd personally skip too much black eyeliner on figures since it can make them look like dragqueens :)
    I think Elsie will love her blue dress and her new boobs :))))

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    1. Great minds think alike Dezz - I love my boobies!!!

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    2. The scenery is from a fish tank!! I saw it while at the grocers out the corner of my eye and snagged it. I think it works well as a back drop. I use dark blue or brown to line the eyes with as black is just too harsh. You shall have green eyes darling.

      @Elsie your boobies are lovely aren't they.

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  18. I'm speechless! I love her, Anne! She came out beautifully. Everything from her ears, her hair, her boobies (which look awesome!!!) to her rockin' abs, and her boots (love them!)...all of it!

    You chose the best colors, Anne. They show a sense of royalty and strength. Her hair is brown like mine and just as wavy. The highlighting and skin tones stand out perfectly and her eyes are astounding.

    You amaze me, Anne. You talent just floors me. With all that goes on in your world you take a deep breath, focus and work on this and create such beauty. Knowing that makes this figure so special - you have no idea how much that means to me, Anne. You took craziness and created peace. Thank you! I love her!

    So much for being speechless LOL - Can I please post her on my page?

    xoxoxo Here's to a calm weekend filled with drinks and happiness! Mine will be - that's right, bottoms up!! This Long Island girl is drinking tomorrow in honor of her birth =)

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    1. and Annzie even gave you a stick with which you can beat that ebil cat :) She armed us well!

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    2. Heck yeah! I can whack him back into place now LOL

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    3. You're birthday is it. I know the number, but I shan't tell a soul!!! You know I always wind up having to strip a figure at least once before I get it right but I stripped this one more times than any other. I even ordered a new shade of blue because I didn't like what I'd done the first time.

      I'm so glad you like her my friend as you mean so very much to me.

      @De the staff is magic. She can turn him into an elephant that has a cold. Serves him right!

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    4. You picked the perfect shade of blue, Anne. She is a true beauty and your skill keeps improving. The trim along the top and skirt really makes it stand out.

      A magical staff you say? My mind is full of many crafty ideas...turning the wretched cat into a cute little puppy, maybe a tadpole, or even a gecko!

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    5. Pfft you can change the appearance but not the fact that whatever it is, the cat can still poo and throw it at you! I win still, so sad too bad.

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  19. Elsie makes for a fine elven princess! You did a fine job painting her! As expected from someone like me, the boobs really jump out at me! lol I like the detail with the eye shadow and those pouty lips.

    I can't wait to see what you come up with for me! After you have all the figures painted you stage an epic blogger battle, in which the Arse Licking Cat meets his doom!

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    1. Of course you'd notice the pouty lips too, Dan LOL

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    2. Out of all the figures I had to pick out for people, yours was the hardest and I still may swap it out for something else. It's hard to decide which side of you I want to bring out with the figure-the wild blogger who will do anything for a laugh or the sensitive kind man some of us have come to know. I may have to give you the link to Dark Sword and have you pick out the one you would like for yourself. Let me know if you'd be interested in that Dan.

      @Elsie he wouldn't be our Dan if he did otherwise!!

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    3. I always have been a hard person to get to know. I have so many conflicting personality traits I barely know myself anymore! lol

      You can give me the link and I will take a look. But I still might just let you decide. It's more fun being surprised!

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    4. Here's the link Dan http://www.darkswordminiatures.com/mainwebsite_html/store.html

      If you see one you think just screams "this is me" give me the DSM number.

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    5. That's true, Anne, I wouldn't want Dan any other way =)

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    6. I think I found one. DSM5055 Take a look, is it me?

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  20. You almost caught her, but you need to poke out that other eye if you want it to be perfect. haha And that is right you know you save the best for last, show all the others first and then when you put the arse licking cat on display, he'll blow everyone else away, as usual.

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    1. pfft, she's saving the cat for last because every time she tries to paint it, it sickens her.

      My eyes are perfect! Two beautiful eyes! Not a cyclops beast at all *ahem* LOL

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    2. 'Tis true Cat, people are going to love your figure, it's a fun sculpt and well made. I also am going to have fun doing the post for it. I have a feeling you're going to be surprised by that post Cat, surprised indeed.

      @Elsie he's ebil Elsie, just plain ebil and he has not one ounce of grace in him. You can turn him into a toad with that staff anytime you want. And you just might in a future installment on this blog!!!!

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    3. "pfft, she's saving the cat for last because every time she tries to paint it, it sickens her"
      I'm proclaiming this an official allied statement for the public! :)

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    4. Pfft you can say what you want. The cat will shine oh so divine. Hmm surprised you say? It takes a lot to surprise me after all the stuff I've seen at my bay haha

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  21. Nice job, Anne. The only improvement I see that might push your ratings up a notch is to put the faithful guardian Rabbit next to the Princess in a picture. You are in the groove!

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    1. I'm going to be doing vignettes like that Jay. I'm getting the hang of building my own scenery from scratch and I've loads of ideas now. I just need more time to complete them all!!

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  22. Anne, I really love this one. I see a lot of things coming together here. I see some lining going on as well. It really helped separate the skin from the cloth in particular. Great Job! I think you are moving on to the point were you know what you are doing and what has to be done, its all practice now.

    I only apply a finish to pieces that I'm going to game with, that are going to get a lot of handling. Everything else is "raw". I don't want those kind of fixatives to any subtle highlights and shading.

    I can't wait to see your concept for the pub!

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    1. I got your email in time to include that on this figure and it really made a difference. That's what's disturbing me with the finishes, they interfere with the way the shading looks. Very frustrating.

      I go back and forth on the design for the pub. On the one hand I'd like to do a proper medieval pub to show that I can do something that is historical. On the other hand I want to do something off-beat as there are no limits to my creativity. In the end, I will do both most likely!!

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  23. Bloody excellent work Anne, unfortunately I'm starting night shifts with his royal highness Ray this weekend!

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    1. You're back on nights again then and the added horror of having to work with Ray will push you to your limits!! It's almost as if your martyring yourself for the faith by working with that godless, soulless, heathen!!!

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  24. Very good.. I like the shinyness..

    your are certainly coming along nicely ...

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    1. Thank you Dave, it doesn't work on all figures but I think it did on this one.

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  25. wow i think she looks gorgeous...i like the gloss...and the colors really seem to have depth....just popping in on vacation...hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. It's great that you get a vacation as some places don't allow them these days. I hope that whatever you and your family does, it is peaceful and binds you closer as a unit.

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  26. Dayum Else is fine.

    I mean, cough. IF I could be attracted to inanimate objects, this might catch my eye or something. Whatever.

    Also, WOO I GET A FIGURE! Ahaha this is an odd feeling

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    1. She's a hottie isn't she D4. I sent her to you by the way, so you owe me for that one!!

      I've had your figure for a while now. I picked it out because I remember what you said about your facial hair and this figure just said "D4" to me. I think you'll like him. I know the ladies will like him!!!!

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  27. Shinyness is ok..anyways.Over there you can still get testors dullcoat..banned here for years now. Eyes are always a bit of a pain but you´ve done a fine job there
    Cheers
    paul
    PS..just made a Barrel How to..not too difficult..didn´t take too long considering i haven´t built one for ages and had forgotten how I used to make them...just a bit fiddly

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    1. Thank you Paul, I've scoured my house trying to find something I could turn into a barrel and nada.

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  28. I appreciate the attention to detail on these.

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  29. Lovely. I admire people who can sculpt and paint their visions. A nice gesture of you to craft some of your favorite bloggers.

    .....dhole

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  30. Lovely paintjob on them Anne and a great use of colour. Let see how the Arse licking cat goes now?

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  31. Grrr! shame on me! I've missed this post!
    "Elegance in ruin", wooow ! that's exactly the kind if tittle I like! something mysterious which gives you the desire to see that mystery!

    And I discovered a beauty!!
    all is good Anne, even the glossy finish!
    You know, I'm feeling like a child now in painting work...

    Very nice scenery too!
    Nothing more to say...

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  32. What can I add to what has sayd already.... Perfect, love it...

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  33. I like the shiny gloss! The figure looks great too! I can't wait to see the Alliance vs The Arse Licking Cat statues all lined up and ready to fight!!

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